Iron is a web serial written by Mario J. Lucero. It’s about an ex-buffalo soldier turned treasure hunter. The story is told in serial format.
Note: Iron contains some graphic violence and harsh language.
Oct 14, 2011: Random verb tense changes, heavy use of cliches, and wooden dialogue make this one a fairly tough slog. Still, there is some joy in the story-telling—something that could bode well for the author’s future work.
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Jan 14, 2014: ‘Iron’ is your typically fun western with a sort of steampunk flavor to it. It’s kind of cool to see a black protagonist swagger in and lay down the law. The setting and character ideas sound like a great start. And it doesn’t really rely on cliches any more than other westerns, so I don’t consider that a flaw.
(I’m about to critique, ok? I love putting up mostly positive reviews that help the writer and drive traffic their way, but [more . . .]
Jan 2, 2014: I think the cliches were on purpose, the story turns from a typical western, into a weird western very quickly.
I used to like Weird Westerns when I was a boy, I loved that old television show "The Wild Wild West" back in the sixties, I was about ten years old then. They were pretty wooden and slow. But, newer takes on the genre, like Firefly, have been absolutely enthralling. This is starting to turn that direction.